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Homage to French Composer Pierre Boulez (1925-2016)

Pierre Boulez (1935-2016), © Universal Edition, Eric Marinitsch


     It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of  brilliant French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez, who was a defining and lauded paragon of  20th century music.  Last June, the French Institute of South Africa, the Goethe-Institut, and Prosound, supported  in Johannesburg a "Day of the Giants" to celebrate his works. Initiated by Jill Richards and Waldo Alexander, this special public event explored Boulez' legacy with South African premieres of his works. It also looked at the relationship between Pierre Boulez, John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen, who all had profound influences on the music of their time.



Jill Richards at the Day of Giants event, June 28th 2015 (photo by Justin Barlow)


Waldo Alexander at the Day of Giants event, June 28th 2015 (photo by Justin Barlow)

Arts & Culture - Music

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    Fête de la Musique postponed to the spring

    This year's Fête de la Musique postponed to spring 2021 for more safety for everyone. This month the popular music festival, Fête de la Musique, put out a call for musicians and DJs to apply to perform at the annual event due to happen in Johannesburg on the 19th of June. After receiving the… Read more
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    Fête de la musique 2021: Call for applications

    About the Fête de la Musique The Fête de la Musique (or World Music Day) is a popular and free music festival that has been taking place each year in France, internationally and in South Africa since 2010. In Johannesburg it has become a great platform for both renowned and upcoming talents to make… Read more
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    Blooming Sounds from Joburg

    Music talent set to bloom with original sound from Con Hill The French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), in partnership with TOTAL South Africa, in association with Kaya FM and with producer Bassline, is excited to announce the top six up-and-coming Gauteng-based artists who will be performing at… Read more

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